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Happy 51st Birthday, Marie!

Happy 51st Birthday, Marie!
Published January 26, 2013

Today, January 26, 2012, is Marie Mason's 51st birthday, which she is celebrating locked in a special control unit in the federal prison in Carswell, Texas. Marie is three years into her almost twenty-two year sentence.

Marie Mason has been in prison since 2009 and is now in Ft. Worth Texas under harsh conditions.

She was part of the "Green Scare" sweep of indictments and arrests of activists associated with Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front direct actions. Marie was sentenced in 2009 to nearly 22-year prison sentence for two acts of property destruction, the longest of any Green Scare defendant. In 2010 Mason was transferred to a special wing of a Texas prison that has restrictive policies regarding communication.

Mason is a loving mother of two and has been an activist for over 20 years. Like Earth First!'s Judi Bari, she is from a generation of radicals who worked to link the environmental and labor movements by stitching together groups such as Earth First! with unions like the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
Marie is also a musician, artist and writer. Some of her art and poems are on her support website (see below).

Following a December call-out, events for Marie's birthday have been held in countries around the world. They include Wellington, New Zealand; Haifa, Israel; Nijmegen, Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; and Oakland, Baltimore, Chapel Hill, Bloomington, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Troy, New York in the United States. Supporters have sent birthday cards, held yoga classes, had afternoon tea, shown movies, and had cake to celebrate with her and let her know that she is neither alone nor forgotten.

If you were not able to attend one of these events, please send her a card and brighten her day. She loves to get mail from supporters, although she is limited in how many people she can write back. Please include a return address on the envelope, do not affix anything such as glitter or glue to your letters or cards, and be aware that letters which are not entirely in English may be significantly delayed in reaching her.

Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

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